The Mosel is a meandering river in a steep valley often as dramatic as the Middle Rhine. Cruises frequently depart or terminate in Trier, Germany’s oldest city with huge Roman monuments, just across the border from Luxemburg and France. Popular stops along the Mosel River include half-timbered wine-trading villages, Cochem with a medieval-look knights’ castle, and Burg Eltz, an authentic medieval. Also there are options for getting on a boat trip at the Mosel bank right in front of Bernkastel-Kues' Alten Moselbahnhof at the parking area. Pls check out "Viking-River-Cruises". Also you might take a look at wb page, link below, there are great & general informations provided about "Routings of Rhine River" etc.
This fountain can be seen on the well appointed square in front of the former cellarage of the Imperial Elector of Trier. A wrought iron structure intertwined by vines and grapes shows in high relief the famous history of the Bernkasteler Doctor wine.
The Fountain is at the market-square's center in front of the town hall. The Fountain was built in 1606 by Hoffman the Elder. Many folks gather and stop there, and take a break while sitting at the fountain's rim.
The Bear Fountain can be found at Bernkastel-Kues' market square. One of the town's official web pages explains: This fountain, erected on the site of the former bear well, shows a bronze sculpture of two bears in a typical posture. It was sculpted by Hans Scherl. The bear is the eskutcheon figure of Bernkastel. You might like to take a look at the page, link provided below, as there are many interesting informations, sights, locations, and directions to it.
Bernkastel-Kues has an amazing appeal of being built in pure renaissance or/and art nouveau architectural style. Bernkastel-Kues is perhaps the postcard-perfect Mosel town, complete with castle ruins, half-timber houses, medieval marketplace and architectural styles spanning nearly two millennia. There's no pretense. We don't think of ourselves as a tourist attraction, said one local vintner.. We just do what we do, in some ways no differently today than 200 years ago. People don't sightsee here, they visit. Most of what locals are doing relates to winemaking, and vineyards indeed stretch as far as the eye can see - or at least until the next curve in the river.
A must see is the ruin of the Castle Of Landshut. The ruin of the Castle Of Landshut is towering the city of Bernkastel. The castle was built in 1277. Due to an accidental fire the castle burnt down on January 8, 1692. It is a popular viewpoint and gives a beautiful view over the city and the vineyards of the Mosel valley.
The most enjoyable way of experiencing the landscape of the Mosel valley is a river cruise. Sip a glass of wine and watch the hills, villages and vineyards passing by...
Unlike the Rhine, there are no long-distance day cruises along the Mosel that cover the whole length of the valley from Koblenz to Trier. Instead some smaller companies run cruise boats on shorter distances, like Trier to Bernkastel-Kues, Bernkastel-Kues to Traben-Trarbach, Traben-Trarbach to Cochem, Cochem to Koblenz and back. The boats stop at more or less all the villages in between. For longer distances than these legs one has to change boats.
Two companies are running the cruise boats in the Middle Mosel valley:
MST Hans Michels
Kolb - and another website of theirs
Check carefully which boat you need and from whom you buy your tickets. Both companies have their separate ticket booths and landings at each stop, and the staff of one company does not have the slightest idea about what the other company is doing. Tickets are only valid on that particular company's boats.
The timetables usually allow round trips with an hour or two stay at the destination before the boat sets out for the return journey.
Well all I can say is we did this at the right time of day. The evening light was soft and the hills and river were a palette of greens. I think it only took about an hour to drive from Bernkastel-Kues to Trier taking the river route. It would be better to ride a bike- you'd see more.
There was a big cruise boat that was getting ready to leave the day we left. Buses were pulling up to take the cruise. It was only 7 euro per person too, 3 or 4 for children. It had dining tables to sit at. It looked nice. Mostly old retired people taking the trip though.
landschut castle was originally built in 1277. it survived the thirty years war and the 1688 war of palantine sucession. in 1692 it caught on fire and was never rebuilt. you can hike up the ruins of burg landshut for a beautiful view of bernkastel-keus and the mosel valley.
Bernkastle-Kues was given civic rights in 1291. That meant that the town had the right to built a city wall to protect it against unwelcome intruders. This fortified wall was provided with eight city gates and the Graacher Gate is the only surviving one. We learned that the tower of the St. Michaelskirche was once incorporated in this city defence wall. And when you have a good look at the impressive tower we must admit that it looks more than an old keep than like a church spire.
Even when you arrive at the church from the backside and not the front you'll see that the mighty 600 years old church tower of the St. Michaelskirche ranks among the impressive buildings in the village. The church was first mentioned in 1177, but in its present form it dates back mainly from the end of the 14th century. The original barock façade was rebuilt in 1968 and we thought that it is in stark contrast to the massive church tower.
Although we were quite late when we arrived at the St. Michaelskirche we still were allowed to enter it. A huge advantage of our late arrival was the fact that there were almost no tourists left. Either the bus/coach or boat had already left or everybody was drinking Federweisser in the Weinstubes.
When we went inside the St. Michaelskirche we noticed that the interior had the character of a large hall. From some documents we learned that the vestry was built in 1664. We immediately saw that the central focus in the choir was a calvary group of 1496. In addition to the main building the plague altar, a work by Hoffmann, can be seen. It reflects a scene around 1630, when Bernkastel-Kues citizens, gathered at the Marktplatz (Market Square), carry the victims of the plague to burial. The church is well endowed with art treasures.
We did some more strolling around in this beautiful church with its three naves and noticed that it is richly ornamented to such an extend as is rarely seen in these parts of Germany. Once we were outside again we neede some time to let it all work out in our systeem, all this amazing beauty! We found the time and space in one of the cozy little pubs in the village itself.
It really doesn't matter how you travel towards Bernkastel-Kues. Whether you come by car or by boat you will finally arrive at a huge parking lot just outside the village and at the banks of the Mosel River. When you're at that particular parking lot and you look upwards to the city of Bernkastel-Kues you can't miss the St. Michaelskirche (Church of St. Michael).
Although we immediately said to ourselves that we wanted to visit this impressive church we first walked our way up to the Markplatz (Market Square) to see the sights out there. We hiked our way up to Burgruine Landshut (1277), went back to the "Bärenbrunnen" (beer fountain) and saw the Graacher Gate. It's therefore very funny to notice that after strolling through some beautiful small streets we finally ended up at the backside of the St. Michaelskirche. The site we definately wanted to see when we first arrived. Right now it was at the end of the afternoon and we where thrilled to see the St. Michaelskirche as a highlight at the end of the beautiful day. The church was still open for visitors, so off we went!
wars and battles in this area the Castle withstood but in 1792 a fire destroyed it and was never been restored, just refined so that Visitors do not come to harm.
walking up over narrow cobblestone streets can be a bit of a strain. but its worth it. knowing there is some relief coming...at the Cafe and having a terrific view over the town
when you have enough from the Town walk up to the Castle looking over Bernkastel-Kues and the Mosel Region.
building of the Castle started 1277 by the Bishop of Trier and Vinstingen. today the Castle is a 'refined' ruin, worth to walk around and imagine what life has been lived here..the Restaurant offers refreshments and of course lunch, maybe a glas of Moselwein.not a bad idea, don't you think!?